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Two recipes for Yard-Long, Snake or Asparagus Beans

I try to plant these long beans in our garden every year that I can find seeds. There was a time when the only place I could find the seeds was at the Asian markets or have seeds sent to me by my mom. For the last couple of years though, I have been finding them at Home Depot or Lowe’s.

They are just as easy to grow as the regular green beans. They are climbers though, so you’ll have to make sure they have something to climb on.

Once they get started putting out, they can be quite prolific. We were having  them for our veggie dish almost everyday and I still managed to freeze some for later!

Here are a couple of recipes using these type of beans but if you don’t have long beans, you can use regular green beans and it would still be delicious!

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Pumpkin Crisp Recipe – Perfect for Fall

Pumpkin Crisp with Whipped Cream
I made another facebook inspired recipe last night which was just the perfect thing to usher in the fall season and kick off the all-things-pumpkin extravaganza.

The Not So Desperate Housewife posted this Pumpkin Crisp recipe and it looked so good, I just had to try it. Besides, I already had all the ingredients on hand so it was easy to put together. And was it ever easy! It was a matter of opening cans and packages and dumping them in a dish. It kind of reminded me of my sister-in-law’s cherry dump cake.

So have you pulled out your arsenal of pumpkin flavored recipes yet? Which on did you try first? Leave me a link!


Weekend Domestic Diva Mode

Ok, so Domestic Diva is not exactly what comes to mind when describing myself, but this weekend I think I may have had a moment. That’s right, I have my mommy homemaker moments too!

Saturday, according to my daughter, was a perfectly beautiful pre-fall weather. It was 80 degrees, it was sunny and it was just slightly breezy. I had a sweater on. I wanted 90 degrees and humidity. I want summer back! I’m not quite ready for fall yet 🙁

Grumbling about yet another shopping stint for the girl, we rewarded ourselves with an al fresco lunch which kind of made up for the speedy arrival of autumn temps. We bought KFC for those left at home and ended up relaxing for the rest of the evening.

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Shrimp Heads and Cooperatives


With the recent news about imported frozen shrimps full of anti biotics and illegal drugs that have been long identified as carcinogenic and have been banned in the U.S., it is even more important to eat locally. Locally caught shrimps have none of those harmful carcinogens and what little chemical is found on them is marginal compared to the imported, farmed, frozen varieties where it is a common practice to introduce drugs into the population in order to increase harvest. The wild caught shrimps that we get locally also taste better.

Durham Farmer's Market viewed from the hill

I love seafood and I grew up eating really good and fresh seafood so I am a bit of a seafood snob anyway. I only buy fish and shell fish that are practically still jumping and here in Durham, there was a time when I couldn’t find any decent seafood aside from the filleted and frozen kinds. I also liked seeing all the parts to my seafood. Heads, tails, and all, which seemed to freak out a lot of people around these parts.

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The New Ketchup Packaging

It’s been a while since Heinz officially rolled out the new ketchup packaging, but since I don’t frequent fast food places much, it’s only today that I got to try out the new “dip and squeeze” packaging. I think I like it! It’s much easier to open that the old rectangular packs and it’s also a lot less messy. I like that!